This morning as I was spreading my honey on my toast, a flood of memories came back of my childhood. We had food traditions and I believe many families do, not only among the Amish.
On Saturday afternoon my mom would bake bread and we'd sit and spread butter and honey on it while it was still warm.
When we'd have summer rainstorms, we'd celebrate with popcorn and grape juice. That was a Sunday afternoon special too.
When we'd get a snowstorm, we’d make homemade ice cream.
When we had birthdays, we'd have homemade pizza, or ordered in if we got lucky.
Saturday night dinners were usually hot dogs and ice cream.
Sunday mornings, when we had church, it was coffee soup. ( ...
I can tell when spring break comes around for the English (non Amish) schools. Families call looking for something unique for their children to experience in Holmes County. Some families schedule basket or candle making at an Amish home in addition to actually visiting a local Amish school in session.
For the Amish, spring break lasts one day and is usually geared for sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Over the years, I have been the driver for hundreds of school trips. It certainly is interesting and much different from what I remember on my eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C.
An itinerary may look like this:
8 a.m. - Depart from the school with 25 students, te ...
Hello and thank you for visiting our OAC blog. I’m La Vonne De Bois, owner of Amish Heartland Tours in Berlin. My goal is to share with you wonderful insights of Holmes County and Amish culture.
In 1989, I took a job driving Amish men to work at 4:15 in the morning and returning at 4 p.m. to take them home. After three years of bumping along the dirt back roads, I had gathered a wealth of information that birthed the idea of offering back road tours to visitors to the area.
In 1992, I bought my first little tour bus and began running one-hour tours from Berlin. Twenty-one years and three busses later, I still am in love with my job and meeting visitors from al ...
I'm just getting back from an amazing 40th birthday beach bash with my girlfriends.
We stayed in a little village named Pinecraft, an Amish and Mennonite community in Sarasota, Fla. Pinecraft is the number one vacation spot for the Amish. The Pioneer Trails tour busses run from Holmes County to Sarasota a couple times a week. It is convenient for the Amish in our community as they make stops to pick up passengers in local towns like Mt. Hope, Berlin and Sugarcreek before they head south. Another thing they take is the local Amish newspaper, The Budget.
As I was waiting for my Granola and GoGo Granola Bars that I had sent with the bus arriving in Pinecraft, I noticed that ...
I was once again reminded how blessed we are to live in the country when my daughter brought these beautiful farm fresh eggs home. There was even a green egg in this great gift our family received. So this morning I made eggs for the family, with a side of toast from homemade wheat bread with some apple butter spread that I canned last fall.
I love the fact we can buy local organic or just wholesome homegrown food. I can't wait for this summer when I can take you along for a ride to my favorite local produce stand that is truly off the beaten path.
We also have a local organic meat market, Doughty Valley Farms. It is a nice clean place that is family owned by an Amish family. It is cl ...
As I was driving from Wooster to Millersburg on state Route 83 the other day I spotted this beautiful front yard covered in this stunning color palette. I made a quick turn around to capture this picture.
Spring is my favorite season. Living in Ohio it is a time of new life, not only in plants but also with the birth of animals. Our children were also all born in the spring. That makes it even more special!
I enjoy the blooming trees, especially in our local town of Shreve, which has a beautiful row of blooming pear trees that line each side of the main street. I remember when living in Sugarcreek they had them down Main Street also. Another thing I love is the grass in ou ...
Today I am going to share some things I'm passionate about: food color, hosting and friendships.
I believe we are so blessed as Americans to have access to the plentiful, colorful food we have. When I go shopping at the local grocery store or markets I look for colors. I'm not a list person so usually I just buy colorful food, then come home and throw stuff together to make recipes that not only look good but also taste good. In the picture with the shrimp stir-fry, I had everything in but the cilantro and thought it still needed some green color. The cilantro worked out great, not only with the color but the taste also.
Another thing I enjoy doing is hosting friends and ...
My morning at an Amish church serviceBy Lena Schlabach
This past Sunday we attended an Amish Church service to celebrate my husband’s brother and girlfriend getting baptized. They had asked us to attend the service. I was a little anxious about sitting on the hard benches for that long, but I was also looking forward to see how the church services have changed since I used to attend on a regular basis.
The services traditionally start around 8:30 a.m. First the preachers file in with the married men. Next came the married ladies, then the single young girls, and last but not least, the single boys. This is all done by age, as the oldest to the youngest file in to ...
I don’t think I will ever get enough of the beautiful sunrises. As I walk out of our bedroom into the kitchen every morning this is the view as I look out my kitchen window, sipping my coffee as our 10-year-old crunches on her granola.
Then I make a conscious effort to inspire my brain with good things like this view of the sunrise, music, reading, recipes or even just silence. These things help set the tone for my busy days as a wife, daughter, mother, business owner and friend. Although my days are filled with lots of activity, I still love to have supper ready so our family can sit down together each evening for supper.
Today I had errands to run from one end of the county to the other end. So I will take you along for the ride.
First, I made a stop at the Amish bakery that is the producer for my company’s chewy GoGo granola bars and our melt in the mouth granola. It is operated on a working dairy farm. I walked in and they were making grate nuts and it smelled like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.
As I drove through the rolling hills to Berlin, I kept stopping to take pictures. Wish I could share them all with you. You can follow me on Instagram (relaxnchic) to see all the pictures I shoot of Amish Country.
As I stopped at Nature’s Food in Berlin, this beautiful ...